Chris Van de Walle: The Solid State Lighting Revolution

UCSB Affiliates Science Lite Series Presents

Chris G. Van de Walle
Professor, UCSB Materials Department

The Solid State Lighting Revolution

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Reception and check in 7 p.m.
Lecture at 7:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
21 East Constance Avenue (at State Street)

Admission cost: $8 for UCSB Affiliates and Chancellor's Council members; $10 for non-members
Please call UCSB Community Relations, 893-4388, to make a reservation

Illumination accounts for 22% of domestic energy consumption. Incandescent lighting is only 4% efficient in converting electricity to light; fluorescent lighting is better, but still only 25% energy-efficient. In contrast, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) developed at UCSB are approaching 80% efficiency. When scaled up and commercialized, this technology could realize $115 billion cumulative savings by 2025 in the United States alone, eliminating the need for 133 new power stations and saving 258 million metric tons of carbon emissions. Learn about the development of LED-based solid-state lighting technology, and how research at UCSB is at the forefront of these breakthroughs.

Chris G. Van de Walle is a Professor in the Materials Department at UCSB, and affiliated with the Center for Energy Efficient Materials, the Solid State Lighting and Energy Center, and the Materials Research Laboratory. Prior to joining UCSB he was a Principal Scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, performed postdoctoral research at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, and was a Senior Member of Research Staff at Philips Laboratories in Briarcliff Manor, New York. Van de Walle has published over 200 research papers, holds 20 patents, and has chaired a number of conferences. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the recipient of a Humboldt Award for Senior US Scientist and the David Adler Award from the APS.

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